A SPECIALIST team of experts seeking to reshape scandal-hit Stafford Hospital have ‘ignored’ requests to meet with bosses at Burton’s Queen’s Hospital to discuss concerns over the potential impact on the site, it has been claimed.
Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths blasted trust special administrators (TSAs) who have been drafted in to steer the ship in the wake of the collapse of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, accusing them of leaving Queen’s out of the loop.
Speaking during a House of Commons debate led by the Health Secretary on the Francis Report, which brought to light the serious failings at Stafford Hospital, he said a letter sent by Queen’s chiefs raising concerns about the impact any potential closure of Stafford’s A&E department would have on the site had gone unanswered.
Queen’s Hospital chief Helen Ashley said she ‘welcomed’ the MP’s comments and that she shared his concerns.
The row comes after it was announced last month that the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust was to be dissolved.
The University of North Staffordshire Hospital is set to eventually take over responsibility for Stafford Hospital, with the TSAs overseeing its running for the time being.
Mr Griffiths said last month he would do all he could to ensure Queen’s did not suffer as a result, and the frustrated politician has now increased the heat.
Mr Griffiths told the House: “Queen’s Hospital has dealt with some of the overflow from Stafford Hospital following the closure of facilities and services there.
“I am concerned that the special administrators have not met any of the management at Queen’s hospital, and have ignored its letter of concern, stating that closure of the emergency department will mean that it will require an additional 18 to 34 beds. The hospital has heard nothing in response to that letter.”
Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy backed Mr Griffiths, saying TSAs needed to liaise with neighbouring trusts as ‘what affects one affects many others in the region’.